Aug 26

VMworld 2014 – So far

Well I have been in San Francisco since Saturday and I am already exhausted. Lot of great tech and even more great people. VMworld 2014 “officially” kicked off today but there was a lot of things going on before the conference. This is my first VMworld and I was not exactly sure what to expect, but so far the conference has been a great experience. Just a short post about what I have been up to so far.

On Sunday I stopped in the VCDX Study Session sponsored by Nutanix. Pretty cool thing they have going on there giving tips and letting future VCDX’s practice parts of the defense. It was a huge help to me when I was preparing and I am glad to see they are continuing on with it.

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Sunday was also the v0dgeball tournament and that was a fun time for a great cause. I think I heard them announce that they had raised over $20k for the Wounded Warrior Project. That is amazing!

Sunday evening was the VMunderground party. This was a really great time! Awesome venue and lots of great people. A lot of folks there that I have known for a long time only by their Twitter handle, it was great to finally meet them in real life. Big kudos to the folks that organized this.

This morning I had the pleasure of having pCoffee (Physical Coffee) with the vCoffee folks that I have been virtually sharing my Saturday morning coffee with for about the last year and a half or so. @coolsport00, @susangude, @mattvogt, and @tscalzott it was great to finally meet you guys. I hope we can meet up again for coffee before the week ends.

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After coffee this AM, I went to the general session. Then on to a few sessions. Attended a great Storage DRS deep dive session and a really good VDPA/vSphere Replication session. I also attended a VSAN session which was OK but I had already attend a similar one at PEX a few months back and it was really the same information.

I roamed around the Solution Exchange for a bit, picked up some swag, and a few great vExpert gifts (Thanks Tegile, SimpliVity, and COHO Data). Then I spent a little time in the hang space chatting with folks and listening to the vBrownBag Tech Talks – a lot of great topics be presented there as well. Saw a pretty good Tech Talk on the new EVO:Rail – pretty interesting new platform.

Headed out to a few parties tonight but none of them were really my kind of scene (not sure I have a scene but if I do it isn’t that). Too crowded and too loud. All good cause I am exhausted anyway so figured I would type this out, call it an early night, and try to get a good nights sleep. Looking forward to tomorrow…

Aug 20

vCoffee Links #9 – VMworld 2014 Countdown – 8/20/2014

Just a few more days till I am off to SFO for VMworld 2014!

This will be my first VMworld and I am really excited about attending. Looking forward to meeting up with a bunch of folks that I really only know by their twitter handle (especially the #vCoffee folks). Also looking forward to the sessions. My session agenda is packed and includes NSX, DR/BC, Storage, and a bunch of other VMware goodness. I am also really looking forward to attending the #vBrownBag Tech Talks in the hang space.

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I arrive in SFO mid-afternoon on Saturday. If you are going to be around to chat, grab a cup of coffee, or maybe get dinner hit me up on twitter @herseyc. Look forward to seeing everyone there!

In the past I have attended VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) and I expect VMworld will be similar just on a much larger scale. If it is even remotely similar to PEX it will be a week of knowledge, good times, great people, and very little sleep.

I am planning (going to try to stick to the plan) a VMworld day in review post every evening during the conference, so be sure to stop by and check it out.

Now go grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the links…

vCoffee Links is a regular feature on vHersey.com. vCoffee Links features news and links of interest from the past week or so. If you have something interesting to add please submit it in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @herseyc.
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Jul 29

VNXe 3200 – It’s Here!

You may remember a short time ago @sakacc announced his Summer Gift Part 2 – 10 VNXe arrays free to play with for volunteers! I quickly sent an email and a week or so later I was notified that I had been selected to receive one of the new VNXe 3200s!!! A big thanks to @sakacc and EMC for putting together this great opportunity.

Last Friday the VNXe 3200 was waiting for me on my doorstep when I arrived home from work :)

Saturday morning I got it set up in my lab, downloaded the EMC VNXe Connection Utility, and configured a static management address.

The VNXe 3200 I received has two SPs, six 600 GB 15K SAS drives, and five 100 GB EFDs.

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Went through the basic setup of DNS and NTP. That is all for now, there is an issue with the licensing but EMC is working through that and it should be squared away soon. Looking forward to messing with it, especially the FAST Suite.

If there is anything specific you would like to see or if you have any questions or thoughts on labs to help demonstrate the abilities of the VNXe 3200 drop me a comment or hit me up @herseyc.

Jul 18

VMware ICM Class (ITN 254) at TCC Fall 2014

Enrollment is open for ITN 254 for the Fall 2014 semester at Tidewater Community College. Tidewater Community College is a participant in the VMware IT Academy (vITA) program.

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The Fall ITN 254 class will cover the VMware vSphere 5.5 Install, Configure, Manage curriculum. Completing the class meets the training requirements necessary to obtain the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification. Once you have completed the class you will also receive a discount voucher to use when you book your VCP exam.

The Fall 2014 semester ITN 254 class will meet on Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM at the Tidewater Community College Chesapeake Campus. The class usually fills up so if you are interested enroll early.

If you have any questions about the class feel free to drop me a note in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @herseyc.

Hope to see you in class!

Jul 16

vCoffee Links #8 – Wednesday 7/16/2014

Hope you are having a great day!

Quick shout out to Tintri for the AWESOME vExpert shirt again this year! Thanks for the shirt and thanks for supporting the vExpert community.
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Now go grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the links…

vCoffee Links is a regular feature on vHersey.com. vCoffee Links features news and links of interest from the past week or so. If you have something interesting to add please submit it in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @herseyc.
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Jul 14

New Home Lab Switch

In my lab I have been using a bunch of these little TRENDnet 8-Port Unmanaged Gigabit GREENnet Desktop Metal Housing Switch, TEG-S80g for connectivity. These are not bad, especially for the price. These switches provide 8-ports of 1 GbE connectivity and support Jumbo Frames. The TRENDnet TEG-S80g switches have served the home lab great for the past couple years. The problem is that these switches are not managed and do not support VLANs. Because of this I have been separating traffic across multiple switches, which does not allow me to get the most efficient use out of the network adapters in my hosts.

I set out to find a managed switch that would support 802.1q VLANs, could be managed (either by Web interface or CLI), would support Jumbo Frames, and was affordable. I came across the TP-Link TL-SG2424 24-Port Gigabit Smart Switch.

The TP-Link TL-SG2424 provides 24-ports of 1 GbE connectivity, supports Jumbo Frames, and supports 802.1q VLAN tagging for under $170. I had an Amazon Gift Card that had been setting on my account for some time so I put that towards it and in a couple days I had my new switch.

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Jun 26

Book Review: Disaster Recovery Using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager

Recently I was asked to review the book Disaster Recovery Using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager by Abhilash GB. Packt Publishing provided me with a copy of Disaster Recovery Using VMware vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager in eBook format. I just finished reading the book and here is my review:

I have done several successful Site Recovery Manager (SRM) deployments with configurations that use array based replication and vSphere Replication (and even both). Even though I am in no way an expert, I do have a good (though maybe not as deep as it should be) understanding of how SRM and vSphere Replication products work.

The book is short, I was able to read it cover to cover in a couple of afternoons, but it is packed with information. The author provides very clear step by step procedures, including screenshots, walking you through the process of deploying and configuring the different components required for both SRM and vSphere Replication. I especially liked the way the author walked through the different recovery options including test recovery, planned migrations, recovery, forced recovery, and re-protecting in great detail.

The book is about using SRM and vSphere Replication and does not specifically cover the design of disaster recovery and replication solutions. It does provide an overview of the SRM and the vSphere Replication architecture along with a lot of helpful tips to be used when making design decisions. Abhilash has provided several tables listing the pros and cons of the different deployment options. Through these tables and the accompanying text the author does a great job outlining the features and limitations of different deployment decisions. So even though it is not a “design” book, it does provide a nice reference for why to choose one method over another.

Another thing I really liked is Abhilash provided an outline in what he is using in his lab to create the multi-site environment. Would have been nice to see a little more detail here, but he gives you a good starting point. I have not had SRM spun up in my lab in quite awhile but reading this book has provided me with a bit of inspiration to get it set back up, specifically to review some of the new features that the latest 5.5 version of SRM and vSphere Replication provide.

Disaster Recovery Using vSphere Replication and vCenter Site Recovery Manager is definitely a handy resource that is a great addition to my library. If you are interested in SRM and vSphere Replication I would definitely recommend adding this book to yours.

Jun 25

vCoffee Links #7 – Web-scale Wednesday

Happy Web-scale Wednesday! Keep an eye on the hashtag #webscale today, there are bound to be some interesting tweets and photos.

I web-scale by adding coffee (man my desk is a mess).
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Shout out to Nutanix for the t-shirt.

Now go grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the links…

vCoffee Links is a regular feature on vHersey.com. vCoffee Links features news and links of interest from the past week or so. If you have something interesting to add please submit it in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @herseyc.
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Jun 15

AutoLab Video Series Part 5 – Deploying the vMA

This fifth video in my AutoLab Video Series covers downloading, deploying, configuring, and using the vSphere Management Assistant (vMA) virtual appliance in the AutoLab vSphere environment.

The vMA can be used to configure, manage, and monitor the vSphere environment using the command line. The vMA allows all hosts in a vSphere environment to be managed from a single command line interface. The ability to use the command line to configure ESXi hosts is a skill that, if mastered, is useful in the day to day management of a vSphere environment and in the successful completion of the VCAP-DCA exam.

Video links:
AutoLab – http://www.labguides.com/autolab/
Downloading the vMA: https://www.vmware.com/support/developer/vima/
Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/herseyc

If you are a student and you need a copy of VMware Workstation you can get an Academic discount version of VMware Workstation or VMware Fusion here!

Would love to hear what you think, you can leave a comment here or on the video’s YouTube page. Also if there is something you would like to see included in my AutoLab Video Series or if you have a question about a video please leave it in the comments.

Hope you enjoyed the video. Look for the next video in the series soon…

Jun 13

vCoffee Links #6 – Friday 6/13/2014

Happy Friday the 13th. Not only is it Friday the 13th, the Moon is also full tonight. That might explain a few issues in the home lab (That or I just fat fingered something somewhere – still going to blame it on the Moon and the date).

Some time has passed since my last vCoffee Links post. I have been traveling a bit for work lately and working on a lot of mostly interesting projects. So it has been a busy but good couple of weeks (with still more to come). When I have not been working I have been enjoying my down time. Not really trying to make excuses, but…

I have also not recorded any new AutoLab videos lately. There is one in the works on deploying the vMA in the AutoLab environment. Look for a new video in my AutoLab series this weekend.

Anyway go grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the links…

vCoffee Links is a regular feature on vHersey.com. vCoffee Links features news and links of interest from the past week or so. If you have something interesting to add please submit it in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @herseyc.
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